Kahane Cooperman (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) has been tapped as showrunner for Amazon’s new docu-series The New Yorker Presents, based on content from The New Yorker magazine. The series is produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Condé Nast Entertainment.
Cooperman will executive produce alongside Gibney, Dave Snyder, Dawn Ostroff and Michael Klein. Stacey Offman and Richard Perello will serve as co-executive producers. Isaac Bolden and Jack Lechner are supervising producers.
The New Yorker Presents will combine short scripted narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, along with documentary and unscripted material.
Cooperman was with The Daily Show since its debut in 1996, beginning as a field producer, and serving in numerous positions, including senior producer, supervising producer and co-executive producer, before exiting in April. She began her work in documentaries at Maysles Films in NYC, and later went on to produce and direct documentaries such as the short Cool Water, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Making Dazed about Richard Linklater’s cult-classic film Dazed And Confused,” which was broadcast on AMC. Currently, Kahane is directing the short doc Joe’s Violin.
The pilot episode of The New Yorker Presents featured Alan Cumming and Brett Gelman in a short film based on a story by Simon Rich and directed by Troy Miller; a poem by Matthew Dickman; a documentary by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme about biologist Tyrone Hayes based on a Rachel Aviv article; and an interview with performance artist Marina Abramović, conducted by The New Yorker writer Ariel Levy.